Thursday, February 21, 2008

"How Did YOU Start Writing?"

A reader sent me, via my website, a bunch of questions about my own beginnings as a writer. In answering her, I found myself struggling both to remember and to be honest. You can imagine, especially after the blog’s at times intense discussion concerning books on writing, that I’m apprehensive. But it’s just another kind of dare, right?

So with a deep breath, here goes:

“How did you start writing?”

When I started to write They Used to Call Me Snow White, But I Drifted, I was 31 years old. I had no idea what I was doing—that’s what you need to understand before I say anything else. I was deliriously relieved and delighted to have a tenure-track job at The University of Connecticut but I was still commuting back and forth to Manhattan, dividing my life (I thought I was doubling it but indeed I was splitting it—more about that in a later post). I was in the city three days a week and at UConn the rest of the time.

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